Maine Week: Marston House


Summer has finally arrived, and we have vacation on the brain. This week, Living‘s executive editor (and resident travel expert), Yolanda Edwards, is hosting Maine Week on her blog, Travels With Clara. Check back here every day for Yolanda’s guide to the must-see local spots across the state, and head over to her blog for even more photos.

One of the many reasons I love the blogosphere is when it introduces me to really magical places and really lovely people. Several years ago, someone had recommended Katy Elliott’s blog to me, and I remember seeing the Marston House on it. I think I later saw it on another favorite blog, Designtripper. When I saw it on Martha’s blog, I knew I just had to visit! I spoke to the owners at one point, but was unable to visit as they are only open from May to October. Well, last year I was able to visit it with Clara, right before the 4th of July. We spent two nights there (it’s in Wiscasset), and not only did we love the Marston House, but we fell in love with the owners, Sharon and Paul Mrozinski. They couldn’t be kinder, or more interesting, or have better taste. The rooms they let are so tastefully appointed, and the basket of breakfast is perfect.

Paul makes the best biscuits ever. Clara swears.

It’s just up the street from Red’s, the lobster-roll place that causes traffic jams and always has a line. There are plenty of great things to do in the area—so this is a good base. We returned later in August, as I wanted Matt to meet Sharon and Paul, and we found even more things we loved in the area. I promise to write about our November stay with Sharon and Paul in their apartment in France, which they rent out. Beautiful.

We had a nice lunch here at Solo Bistro after the Saturday farmers’ market in Bath.

Maine’s First Ship reconstruction project. . .

The Maine Maritime Museum, above . . . one of our favorite museums ever. It’s huge, with so much outdoor space to run around . . . and  lots of hands-on stuff for little ones. Plus boats you can walk onto. . . . One ticket lasts for two days, because that’s what you’ll really need to see it all. (Not that we spent two days there—it’s just that big, so if you feel like doing that—you could!)

We loved this North Creek Farm. Delicious food, sweet owners, and sort of like the best general store you could imagine. It’s actually more than anything a nursery that specializes in roses.

Above images are from inside the Marston House . . . where they sell the antiques they collect all fall/winter long in Europe. The dresses above are amazing—I bought the red one, and I think three people in my office have bought them, too. They look good on everyone!

So we drove by Monkey C Monkey Do enough times (it’s on the main drag that brings you to Marston House) that I had to bring Clara there. We stayed an hour, and she had a blast. Worth doing as long as you can stomach watching.

Friends recommended we stop at the Fat Boy Drive-In in Brunswick. We couldn’t have timed it better. It’s across from a local airport, and there was a major air show happening. Perfect old-school burgers.

Yolanda Edwards is the executive editor of Martha Stewart Living and loves a road trip to anywhere. She is the author of Travels With Clara and a cofounder of Momfilter.

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